Deborah Reed-Danahay

Reed-Danahay Professor
Ph.D., Brandeis University
Office: MFAC, Room 377
Phone: (716) 645-0406

Research and Teaching Interests

Professor Reed-Danahay is a cultural anthropologist who has conducted ethnographic research in both France and the United States.  She has long been interested in the articulations of local, regional, national, and supranational identities as expressed in the intimate settings of everyday life as well as in institutions such as schools, in public ceremonies, and in published memoirs.  Ideas and expressions of home and belonging are central to her work.  Although she retains a strong interest in and connection to rural France, Prof. Reed-Danahay has most recently focused on immigrant populations, particularly the Vietnamese diaspora.  Her newest work includes a study of Vietnamese diaspora memoirs and graphic novels, and an ethnographic project  on French migrants to England.  She also writes on social theory and is completing a book on Bourdieu and social space.  Prof. Reed-Danahay’s main areas of teaching and research include political anthropology, citizenship, immigration, personal narrative and autoethnography, education and youth, social theory, and the history of anthropology.

Professor Reed-Danahay is Director of the Center for European Studies (CEUS) at UB.  She serves on the Executive Committee of the Council for European Studies (CES) and she was President of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe from 2010-2012.  She is a former Yip Fellow (2012) at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge (UK) and a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute.  Prof. Reed-Danahay is also an Associate Member of the Sophiapol Lab at the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense.


Selected Publications


2012 Civic Engagements: The Citizenship Practices of Indian and Vietnamese Immigrants.  Stanford: Stanford University Press (with coauthor Caroline B. Brettell).

2008 Citizenship, Political Engagement and Belonging: Immigrants in Europe and the United States.  New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (with coeditor Caroline B. Brettell).

*Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2009

2005 Locating Bourdieu.  Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

1997 Auto/Ethnography: Rewriting the Self and the Social.  Oxford: Berg Publishers.

1996 Education and Identity in Rural France: The Politics of Schooling.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Special Journal Issue Editor

1987 Anthropological Research in France: Problems and Prospects for the Study of Complex Society. Anthropological Quarterly 60(2).

Please click on the book images below to learn more about each publication. 

Undergraduate Courses Offered

APY 106 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

APY 323 – Anthropology and Education

APY 402 – Contemporary Europe

APY 410 – Immigration and Citizenship

APY 492 – Political Anthropology

APY 494 – Anthropology of Citizenship (Senior Seminar)


Graduate Courses Offered

APY 536 –Advanced Ethnology of Europe

APY 575 – Cultural Anthro. Topics: Migration and Diaspora

APY 575 – Cultural Anthro. Topics: Ethnography & Personal Narrative

APY 575 – Cultural Anthro. Topics: Bourdieu, Anthropology, and Law

APY 575 – Cultural Anthro. Topics: New Ethnographies

APY 592 – Political Anthropology

APY 654 – Graduate Survey of Anthropological Theory (Contemporary)

APY 655 – Graduate Survey of Anthropological Theory (Historical)

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